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Title The Presidents of the French Fifth Republic / edited by David S. Bell and John Gaffney
Published Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (219 pages) : illustrations
Series French politics, society and culture
French politics, society, and culture series.
Contents 1. Introduction: the Presidency in the French Fifth Republic -- Part I. Republican Presidentialism. 2. Political Leadership: from the Fourth to the Fifth Republic -- 3. 'Hyperpresidentialism' and the Fifth Republic State Imperative -- 4. Ségolène Royal and Gendered Leadership in France -- Part II. The Presidents. 5. Charles de Gaulle: the Real Gaullist Settlement -- 6. Georges Pompidou: the Gaullist Heritage, and the Heritage of '68 -- 7. Valéry Giscard d'Estaing: the Limits of Liberalism -- 8. François Mitterrand: the President as 'Political Artist' -- 9. Jacques Chirac: Surviving without Leading? -- 10. Nicolas Sarkozy: 'Sarkozyism', a New Presidential Leadership -- 11. Conclusion: the Study of Political Leadership in France -- Index
Summary "This volume brings together French and British scholars of France to analyse one of French politics' most intellectually compelling phenomena, the presidency of the republic. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of that leadership as well as the way that executive power has been established in the Fifth Republic; how presidential power and the subsequent full scale development of 'personality politics' developed within an essentially party-driven, democratic and, most importantly, republican system. Hence the authors in this volume examine the phenomenon of a strong presidency in the French republican framework. The individual chapters focus on the presidency and upon the individual presidents and the way in which they have addressed their own relation to the presidencies they presided over on top of a range of other factors informing their terms of office. A conclusion sums up and appraises the contemporary role of the French presidency within the party system and the republic. The project has generated a great deal of interest in the French political studies community"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Political leadership -- France -- History.
Presidents -- France -- Elections -- History.
Presidents -- France -- History.
France -- Politics and government -- 1958-
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Bell, David S. (David Scott), 1947- editor
Gaffney, John, 1950- editor
ISBN 1137302844 (electronic book)
1299262031 (ebk)
9781137302847 (electronic book)
9781299262034 (ebk)